Barack Obama says Michelle scared him into quitting smoking

US president’s comments to official unwittingly recorded by microphone at UN general assembly

The US president, Barack Obama, says he hasn’t had a smoke in years – thanks in no small part to his fear of the first lady, Michelle Obama.

Obama, who was caught chatting off-guard with a UN official on Monday and unwittingly recorded by a CNN microphone, said he hoped the official had quit smoking.

After the official appeared to ask Obama about his own cigarette use, Obama said he hadn’t had a cigarette in probably six years.

He added, with a broad grin: “That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”

The exchange was caught on camera and aired on CNN.

Obama has acknowledged over the years struggling with tobacco use. Michelle Obama said in 2011 that her husband had finally kicked the habit.

Monday’s exchange came on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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